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Rothschild Boulevard's tent city Photo: Omri Bigetz
Rothschild Boulevard's tent city Photo: Omri Bigetz
 
 

Rightists march in Tel Aviv: Protest anarchistic

Extreme right-wing activists stage small march in Rothschild Boulevard; warn 'leftist protest meant to topple government'

Boaz Fyler
Published: 08.07.11, 23:03 / Israel News

Some 100 extreme right-wing activists staged a small march in Tel Aviv's Rothschild Boulevard on Sunday evening, and protested what they called the "anarchistic nature of the leftist housing protest."

 

The protesters urged the public to demand that the housing protest leaders "reveal the true leftist nature" of their actions, and warned that they were "out to topple the government."

 

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Protesters were marching down the boulevard yelling "Listening to Daphni Leef will make things worse," and "Haideh Bibi"; to the occasional booing by "tent city" dwellers.

 

Organizers of the right-wing march – as well as several of the protest's leaders – urged the activists to refrain from provocation and violence.

 

Tamir Sassi, spokesman for the "Fighters of Zion" movement, said: "We support the protest. This should have happened a long time ago, but the organizers are now headed in the wrong direction and have anarchistic motives.

 

"They don't want to negotiate with the prime minister – they want to bring down the rightist government."

 

Yigal Novu of "Fighters of Zion" added: "Like many others, who haven’t joined the protest, I feel this goes beyond just the cost of living. This has become a political issue. The protest leaders are more interested in getting Bibi to resign than they are in finding a real solution."

 

The right-wing activists met with several of the protest's "peacemaking teams," which coordinate the actions of the various groups that have made Rothschild Boulevard their headquarters.

 

The two groups ended up breaking out in an impromptu chorus of "How pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together," (Psalm 133:1).

 

 

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